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From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung s rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG 15 into American handsIn The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story oFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung s rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG 15 into American handsIn The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high risk game of deception and escape.As Kim ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to love his Great Leader That is, until he swiped a Soviet MiG 15 and delivered it to the Americans, not knowing they were offering a 100,000 bounty for the warplane the equivalent of nearly one million dollars today The theft just weeks after the Korean War ended in July 1953 electrified the world and incited Kim s bloody vengeance.During the Korean War the United States brutally carpet bombed the North, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden reveals, the fact based narrative it would use to this day to sell paranoia and hatred of Americans.Drawing on documents from Chinese and Russian archives about the role of Mao and Stalin in Kim s shadowy rise, as well as from never before released U.S intelligence and interrogation files, Harden gives us a heart pounding escape adventure and an entirely new way to understand the world s longest lasting totalitarian state.
  • Title: The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom
  • Author: Blaine Harden
  • ISBN: 9780670016570
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover

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Grumpus Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I won this through first-read in exchange for an honest review.North Korea has been intriguing me for about 3 years now. So much so that I've created a "north-korea" folder because I've been reading so much about it. There are some interesting reads in that folder but none in which I learned as much as I did in this book.It's sorta like The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America in that it alternates between two stories. The first is the history of [...]
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Chrissie Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
Anybody at all interested in the Korean War should read this book! Quite an eye-opener. The author reveals the cover-ups and lies made by Americans, Koreans, the Soviets and the Chinese. This is not just a biography of Kim Il-sung and No Kum Sok!I didn't read this for the excitement of the tale, but rather for the facts. I am satisfied. I learned a lot. The presentation is clear. The language is journalistic, but occasionally employed to increase suspense. I did not enjoy the narration by Mark B [...]
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Veeral Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
Blaine Harden has achieved the inconceivable by writing The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom. This book is a perfect blend of popular and academic history, something very rare a book can claim to be nowadays. And I am not saying this just to impress the potential readers. Having read more than a dozen books on North Korea in the past couple of years, I have found that most books were eit [...]
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Kevin Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I'm going to be honest here and admit I know very little about the history of Korea and its place in the modern world. There are times I would even mix up which Korea (North or South) was the Democratic nation and which was Communist. Probably because I was doing the same thing with Vietnam. I found out about this book earlier in 2015 and discovered that the history of Kim Il-Sung's ascension story was juxtaposed against that of a North Korean Air Force pilot attempting to defect and I was sold. [...]
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Steve Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
His neighbors in South Daytona, Florida know him as Kenneth H. Rowe. In the early 1950’s, he was known by his fellow pilots in the North Korean air force as No Kum Sok. We know him today as the man who landed his Soviet-made MiG-15 at an American air base in South Korea, just days before the end of the Korean conflict. Five years and eight months in the planning, Lieutenant No Kum Sok made his daring seventeen- minute flight into American air space not knowing that the USA had promised to pay [...]
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Andrew Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
Really ? Really? I'm not one of the half-star complainers, but I just can't get to four on this while three is too low.All the action here is in the last third, which deals with a defection. Leading up to that are the parallel lives of Kim Il Sung and No Kum Sok during the birth of North Korea. This is interesting, but eventually drags. Could the No's defection have been told with more detail? Maybe. But information about North Korea is scant. Unearthing accurate detail about it sixty years ago [...]
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Lindsey Bachmann Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
The best elucidation of the Korean War that I've come across. While the author transitions skillfully between the life of dictator Kim Il Sung and fighter pilot No Kum Sok, you get a clear, thorough perspective on an incredible story. When a book sparks an interest in war planes into a tree-hugging hippie like me, it's gotta be good.
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Cody Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
When North Korean fighter pilot No Kum Sok landed his MiG-15 fighter plane on South Korean soil looking to defect to the United States, little did he know just how arduous his journey for citizenship in the West would become. The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden was a rather interesting read that highlighted a lesser known story in both U.S. and North Korean history. What the book does great is illustrate a great deal of aviation/fighter pilot history with the Korean war as a [...]
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Chris Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I received this book as part of GoodReads First Reads giveaway.This book actually tells two intertwined stories. The first is how Kim Il Sung first rose to power from being a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese to being North Korea's Great Leader and Eternal President (seriously, the man's been dead 10 years and he's still the Eternal President). The second is that of No Kim-sok, a lieutenant in North Korea's air force during the Korean war who defected by stealing a fighter jet and flying to [...]
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Ireney Berezniak Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I have been just a little obsessed with North Korea for the past few years, and having read Blaine Harden's other title on a related subject, Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, which I quite enjoyed, I was anticipating another quality read from his latest endeavour. I was not disappointed. The fighter pilot who is the subject of this title is No Kum Sok, who has since assumed the name of Kenneth Rowe, and has apparently enjoyed Harden's exc [...]
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Cheryl Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I absolutely fell in love with Mr. Harden's novel, Escape From Camp 14. It was a riveting read. I could not stop reading the book. So you could say I was excited and intrigued to read Mr. Harden's next novel. Why this book was not a one seat read like the prior novel, it was still a very great read. I like reading military books. Yet it seems that most of my reading is during the WWII time period. I am not that familiar with the Korean War. So this book was a good eye opener to this particular w [...]
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Randal White Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I really, really enjoyed Mr. Harden's earlier work, Escape From Camp 14. Therefore, I was looking forward to reading this, his next effort. I'm happy to report that he didn't disappoint! Fascinating book. Had a hard time putting it down. Makes you wonder, how in the world can the world stand by and let these madmen rule the poor North Korean people? Way to go, Mr. Harden, job extremely well done!
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Quanjun Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
The selling point of the book is revealed when I got to the Acknowledgements (which is at the back of the book, just before bibliography). The protagonist of this story, No Kum Sok, contacted the author after having read his other North Korean book (Escape from Camp-14) and offered to help him write a book on this tale of outrageous escape. Additionally, many of the documents concerning No Kum Sok were recently declassified. So this is brand new information, for us at least.When North Korea come [...]
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Nancy Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
Thank you to for the ACR copy of this book. In exchange, I offer my unbiased review:Like the purported satellite image of North Korea at night – much about that country is shrouded in dark and mystery. The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden (author of Escape from Camp 14) does a great job of shedding light on his subject. The book is full of factual information but it is told in a manner that makes it compelling and completely readable rather than dry. The reader is introduce [...]
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Jonathan Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I WON THIS BOOK AS PART OF A GIVEAWAY. That being said, my review will be absolutely honest.*This review may contain VERY minor spoilers*I've long been fascinated by North Korea and have read a great deal about the world's most closed and xenophobic nation; however, I was not as familiar with the personal history of Kim Il sung, especially his actions during the Korean War. The study of the building of his cult of personality as well as his complete incompetence when it came to waging war provi [...]
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Danapuzio Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I received this book as a First Reads giveaway. I've always been fascinated by North Korea but before reading this I knew next to nothing about how Kim Il Sung came to power. I previously read and very much enjoyed the author's other book on North Korea, Escape From Camp 14, so I had high expectations.This book had a very interesting premise - weaving the story of Kim Il Sung's rise to power with that of a young man who joins North Korea's fledgling armed forces, trains to become a skilled fight [...]
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Steven Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I came close to not checking this out from my public library. I was concerned that it would be too steeped in military historical details and jargon which I wouldn't understand. Glad I changed my mind. It's a very human story told quite well and set well in its historical context.The author bounces back and forth between telling a somewhat simplified version of Kim Il Sung's rise to power in North Korea and the very personalized account of No Kum Sok, a hastily trained fighter pilot who gathered [...]
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Jeff Lanter Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
My grandfather served in Korea and I never really learned much about his experiences or the war itself. While this book does not rectify that, it is a fascinating glimpse into a forgotten war by the United States. It chronicles the story of a fighter pilot who famously defected from North Korea in spectacular fashion. Stealing one of the prized MiGs and landing it in South Korea. It fascinated the media even if the pilot was not rewarded as much as he should have been. Alongside this narrative, [...]
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Virginia Beam Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
When I won this ARC from a Giveaway, my thought was that I would read it, review it, and then give it to my brother, who loves war history. Now I'm pretty sure I will just let him borrow it. I went into this book knowing next to nothing about the Korean War, making this a sobering and eye-opening read. Its writing style feels closer to a novel than it to a textbook, but it is certainly full of extensive research. Shortcomings on both sides of the war are given the same scrutiny. This is not a p [...]
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Jeremy Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I really loved this. Harden does a fantastic job of telling an engaging, "Reader's Digest" version of the Korean War and Kim Il Sung's rise to power. So many history books try to impress with their page count, but Harden goes the opposite direction; he tackles the highlights and keeps his story moving. I had expected Harden to use the story of No Kum Sok's defection from the North as a gimmick (i.e boring war history gets livened up by a heroic escape). But, that wasn't the case at all. Instead, [...]
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Feisty Harriet Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I have read a lot about current conditions in North Korea, but this part-bio of Kim Il-Sung, part history of the Korean War, and part-bio of No Kum-Sok, a young Korean fighter pilot who defected with an intact Soviet MiG, something American intelligence had been trying to get their hands on for years. I think Harden did a great job of going back and forth between the two characters and their histories and backgrounds, as well as the time they were contemporaries, with No Kum-Sok fighting in Kim [...]
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Anna Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
This book was an interesting and easy read, without the heavy political jargon. It provides a good background about how North Korea came to be with a unique view of the Korean War from the view of the North Korean Air Force. While the book is about war and defection, the author does not point fingers at any side but gives each side's perspective. However, I would have liked it if the author had gone into more depth about the war and Kim Il Sung. I was given this book as a giveaway, however it i [...]
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Theresa Pollara Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
I received a copy of the novel for free.Usually there are historians or there are novelists. It is rare for the two to come together. This author has accomplished that rare merger. The author's style moves like a novel and yet has the historical accuracy denoting extensive research. The result is a must have book for war historians and those interested in the Korean war and it's current echoes.The ONLY addition which would make this tome better would be the inclusion of a map of Asia with an ins [...]
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Wanda Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
This doesn't have the drama of Hillenbrand's Unbrokenbut the story of No Kum Sok's defection from North Korea in a Soviet MiG-15 showcases the same kind of courage and resilience. It presents a good overview of the brutal dictatorship of Kim Il Sung and the atrocities committed by both sides during the Korean War. Overall, very informative and inspirational.I received this book for free through First Reads program.
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Suzi Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
This book is a great read. Clever the way the author unfolds the lives in parallel of the two protagonists. Interesting to have a glimpse of the early days of the Kim regime in North Korea and how America conducted itself during the Korean War. Well worth reading for anyone with an interest in Korea. Also airplane aficionados might enjoy the information on the MiG and Sabre aircraft.
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Trish Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
Very interesting, bit dry.
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Fernando Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
American fighter-bomber pilots often preferred napalm. As one explained, "When you've hit a village and have seen it go up in flames, you know you've accomplished something."
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Craig Rowland Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom is another lengthy title by Blaine Harden. He in fact tells two stories, which are only remotely connected. Over 240 pages Harden gives a brief history of the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and its founding father, the Great Leader and Hero of the Revolution, the Father of the Korean People, Marshall Kim Il Sung. The second [...]
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Scott Martin Apr 03, 2020 - 07:46 AM
(Audiobook) A fascinating read about two men who played highly visible roles in the Korean War and afterwards. One is Kim Il Sung, the former gangster/resistance fighter who came to rule North Korea and set in motion the events that turned the country into its family's own personal kingdom. The other is a young man, No Kum Sok, who came to be one of North Korea's most experienced fighter pilots, and one who created international headlines when he simply took off on a training mission in his MiG- [...]
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The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom By Blaine Harden From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung s rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG 15 into American handsIn The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story oFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung s rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG 15 into American handsIn The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high risk game of deception and escape.As Kim ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to love his Great Leader That is, until he swiped a Soviet MiG 15 and delivered it to the Americans, not knowing they were offering a 100,000 bounty for the warplane the equivalent of nearly one million dollars today The theft just weeks after the Korean War ended in July 1953 electrified the world and incited Kim s bloody vengeance.During the Korean War the United States brutally carpet bombed the North, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden reveals, the fact based narrative it would use to this day to sell paranoia and hatred of Americans.Drawing on documents from Chinese and Russian archives about the role of Mao and Stalin in Kim s shadowy rise, as well as from never before released U.S intelligence and interrogation files, Harden gives us a heart pounding escape adventure and an entirely new way to understand the world s longest lasting totalitarian state.

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